The Environment Bubble

Performa 17


A widely influential blueprint designed in 1965 by Canadian architect François Dallegret, “The Environment-Bubble” is brought to life for the first time. Initially envisioned as a flexible, temporary dome that would transform our modes of living, the “Bubble” became a reference point for generations of architects questioning their discipline and seeking a radical dissolution of public and private spaces. For Performa 17, Dallegret collaborates with architect François Perrin and choreographer Dimitri Chamblas, to turn the inflatable structure into an active site of intellectual and physical engagement with free daily dance workshops, open to the public.

Original drawing by François Dallegret, The Environment-Bubble: Transparent Plastic Bubble Dome Inflated by Air-Conditioning output showing architecture as a "fit environment for human activities," from Reyner Banham, "A Home Is Not a House," Art in America (April 1965). © 1965 François Dallegret

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In Collaboration with Francois Dallegret, Francois Perrin & Dimitri Chamblas

Central Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Co-curated by Charles Aubin and François Perrin
Inflatable Architecture Consultant: Jesse Seegers
Production Assistant Manager: Melisa Dougherty
Production Assistants: Brendan Kirk, Victor Ziolkowski, and Wyatt Ininns
Performa Biennial Producer: Maaike Gouwenberg, with Performa Associate Producers Sasha Okshteyn and Xica Aires
Performa Production Fellow (workshops): Manuela Nebuloni
Special thanks to Bob Henderson, Polyfabrics

The Environment-Bubble by François Dallegret, a collaboration with Dimitri Chamblas and François Perrin. Co-curated by Charles Aubin and François Perrin. Supported by Canada Council for the Arts, Robert M. Rubin, the Performa Commissioning Fund, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States. Co-produced by Guy Reziciner SOLID LLC. Presented in partnership with CalArts Dance.